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Controversial 10 Commandments Sculpture Vandalized Across From US Supreme Court

by David Badash on September 23, 2013

in News,Religion

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A controversial sculpture depicting the Ten Commandments, which sat across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., was vandalized over the weekend. The reportedly 850-pound granite “monument,” about three feet square, was toppled from its base in the front lawn of Faith and Action, an evangelical Christian lobbying group that says it’s associated with James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, an anti-gay organization. A “For Rent” sign was also paced in the yard, sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday.

Now, some Christian activists are calling it a hate crime.

“Any time a symbol of faith is attacked, it must be deemed a hate crime. This is the same as defacing a synagogue or mosque. It’s outrageous and must be condemned by all people of conscience,” Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said.

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Faith and Action, which is actually a division of P&R Schenck Associates In Evangelism, Inc., according to its website, uses its private property location at the Honorable William J. Ostrowksi House on Capitol Hill to project its message to the Supreme Court justices. That message includes the Ten Commandments statue and a Christmastime nativity scene.

The head of Faith and Action, the Rev. Dr. Rob Schenck (pronounced “SHANK”), claims his 501(c)(3) lobbying group is “America’s only Christian outreach across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court, just one block from the U.S. Capitol & 10 minutes from the White House!” and also claims it is a “missionary outreach to top-level government officials.”

Usually, actual ministries don’t choose to minister to only elected officials and the upper class.

A  look at P&R Schenck Associates In Evangelism, Inc.’s IRS Form 990 (PDF via Guidestar) shows the organization takes in about $2 million in revenue, and in 2011 spent almost $890,000 in direct mailing campaigns, and another $400,000 or so in salaries, and $210,000 in unspecified “ministry expenses.”

Image, top, via Faith & Action on Facebook

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bndkllr2 September 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

At least they didn't smash them like Moses. Now THAT would have been a hate crime! Lol.

barbonine September 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

"Bent over?" That is a damned strange way of putting it.

SeanLiberty13 September 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I'll condemn it when they condemn the burning of the pro-gay church in Ohio or the vandalism at other pro-gay churches all across America.

jaymchue September 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

And your side will be condemning the violence against churches that hold to the Bible… when?

bndkllr2 September 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

And you will be condemning Russia's beating up gay kids and straight people who exercise their freedom of speech, when?

SeanLiberty13 September 25, 2013 at 11:30 pm

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SeanLiberty13 September 25, 2013 at 11:40 pm


jaymchue September 23, 2013 at 10:47 pm

By the way, your information is embarrassingly (for you) outdated and flat-out wrong (as usual). The Ohio church burning HAD ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH TEH GHEY:

SeanLiberty13 September 26, 2013 at 12:18 am

Actually it is embarrassing for you because I didn't say the church was burned down because it was pro-gay, although the record shows that the Rev. presiding over that church that holds to the Bible received anti-gay death threats in the past. Secondly nearly 2weeks went by before the person who did it was caught and confessed – yet not one peep from the religious-right within those 2weeks condemning it for what was originally considered a hate crime based on the threats the church received in the past . Furthermore, still no condemnations for the "good" Christian in Minnesota who was caught and admitted to vandalizing a pro-gay church there telling that congregation that they deserve to die.

Quite frankly, that little sign which can be replaced is inconsequential considering that LGBT human beings are being killed, raped, tortured, and beaten not for their beliefs (which is also wrong) but just for existing and not just in Russia, Uganda, or the Middle East but right here in America.

You'll excuse me if I don't cry for a materialistic sign being vandalized because I'm still crying over the murder of 3yo Ronnie Antonio Paris at the hands of his Bible holding anti-gay father and neglect of his Bible holding mother in 2005. I'm sorry I don't shed a tear for a piece of stone because I am more concerned for the life of Jennifer Ikanza, a lesbian in Uganda who was kicked, stoned and left for dead by a mob of barbarians. A sign owned by a multi-million dollar organization that demeans and demonizes LGBT human beings seems trivial when there are thousands of LGBT teens and kids living on the streets – some of them resorting to prostitution &/or drug dealing just to earn money to survive and eating out of garbage cans because either their "loving" Christians parents threw them out of the house or they ran away because they did not feel safe at home. Caring about an expensive graven idol of the 10 commandments owned by people who can't adhere to #'s 2 or 9 seems grotesque when that same organization has the same anti-gay stances as the KKK, Neo-Nazis, Al Qaeda and the "good" Christian pastor in NC who advocates rounding gay people up and placing innocent people like myself behind a barbed wire fence and left to die simply because we're gay. GFY.

davidbrooklyn September 23, 2013 at 6:01 pm

If they review the video evidence, they'll probably see a drunk Clarence Thomas knocking it over.

jaymchue September 23, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I suspect it will be drunken queers instead.

atunionbob September 23, 2013 at 6:58 pm

When the Christians quit destroying America by forcing their religion upon everyone, then I will object to this. It is stupid I agree to destroy any ones property, but the subject of that destroyed is stupid in the first place.

Kevzplace September 23, 2013 at 6:59 pm

This politically active organization, if investigated by the IRS would probably lose their tax-exempt status due to their rampant political lobbying efforts. Sick 'em IRS!

jaymchue September 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

“if investigated by the IRS would probably lose their tax-exempt status due to their rampant political lobbying efforts”

I’m sure you’d have the same attitude regarding all the politically active left-wing groups that are tax-exempt, right?

jaymchue September 23, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Wow, guys. Really? “I’ll condemn this when…” So vandalism is a-okay when it’s perpetrated against an organization you hate and when a certain larger group of people allegedly haven’t done what you think they should do. That’s “tolerance?”

TomTallis September 24, 2013 at 12:47 am

Does anyone know if it really WAS vandalism? It looked like the ground got saturated and the top heavy monument tipped over. This wouldn't be the first time that evangelicals cried "wolf!" over nothing, nor will it be the last.

weshlovrcm September 24, 2013 at 1:05 am

Where was the "Christian" Defense Organization when all the hate crimes were taking place in New York against gay New Yorkers?

jaymchue September 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Where is the ACLU or the SPLC in all this? If this were a gay organization’s property that had been vandalized, both those groups and many, many others would’ve immediately been all over it.

jaymchue September 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I think the placement of the “for rent” sign makes it pretty clear this was vandalism.

And speaking of “crying wolf” over nothing, perhaps you should consider the previous comment from one of your buddies who blamed an Ohio church burning on anti-gay forces when it has been long since disproved that it had anything to do with the church’s acceptance of gays. And then there’s the whole Matthew Shepard thing…

SeanLiberty13 September 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm


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